In my talk last Friday I shared 4 principles that I believe are fundamental in the process of making wellbeing behaviour changes stick, and today I want to share them with you 🙂
It’s simple: you need to keep what you’re doing connected to what you want to achieve, and why you want to achieve it.
We usually have this connection in the beginning, but unless we reaffirm it every time we do the new thing we end up relying on our finite willpower reserves.
Nobody can make change happen for us, and when we accept responsibility for the things we can control, we can start making progress.
See the opportunities, not the obstacles.
So many of us fall victim to the ‘all or nothing’ mindset.
Going all in with a new diet, exercise program or other supposedly healthy habit usually results in overwhelm and a frustrating return to square one.
We compare ourselves with where we think we should be, or what we see other people effortlessly achieving.
This cycle of boom or bust can be overcome by applying the principle of ‘progress, not perfection’.
Look for the areas you can make small improvements in.
Start off small and build from there as your confidence grows.
Compare yourself with where you were, not where you think you should be.
Nobody can get out of bed in the morning and ‘be healthy’.
Be explicit with the instructions you give yourself about what you’re actually going to do.
Drink 8 glasses of water, walk for 30 minutes at lunch time, take a piece of fruit to work with you each day…
Go deeper with this…
If it’s a new habit you’re setting up think about how you’re going to actually do it.
‘Drink 8 glasses of water’ is still too vague if you don’t plan how you’re going to make that work.
These 4 principles are simple
But most people don’t do them all.
My challenge for you this week is to think about how they apply to new behaviours you’re trying to develop at the moment.
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If you’d like to find out more about how I coach my boost members through the process of applying these principles, pop over to this page for more information.